Demand for peacekeeping "never been greater”: Joe Biden

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Chadian peacekeepers with the UN's mission in Mali (MINUSMA). UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The demand for international peacekeeping has never been greater, the Vice President of the United States said on Friday.

Joe Biden made the remarks as chair of a gathering of world leaders in New York on UN peacekeeping and how it has evolved over the years.

In one generation, peacekeeping has grown tenfold to include about 120,000 men and women deployed around the world, he pointed out.

As the nature of conflict and combatants evolves, the Vice President noted, so do the instruments of peacekeeping as well.

"Today we ask peacekeepers to protect civilians in South Sudan and Central African Republic, to prevent sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and to help with the peace process in Mali amid deadly attacks by extremists even as we continue to monitor longstanding ceasefires on three continents." (24")

Mr Biden said the international community is grateful for the burden that peacekeepers have carried and honours the sacrifices they have made.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

Duration:  1’08″

 

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